Size Matters to Lesbians Too: Queer Feminist Interventions into the Scale of Big Data

Gieseking, J. 2017. “Size Matters to Lesbians Too: Queer Feminist Interventions into the Scale of Big Data.” Professional Geographer. (Forthcoming)

19 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2016  

Jen Jack Gieseking

American Studies, Trinity College

Date Written: August 25, 2016

Abstract

How can we recognize those whose lives and data become attached to the far-from-groundbreaking framework of “small data”? Specifically, how can marginalized people who do not have the resources to produce, self-categorize, analyze, or store “big data” claim their place in the big data debates? I examine the place of lesbians and queer women in the big data debates through the Lesbian Herstory Archive’s not “big” enough lgbtq organizing history dataset — perhaps the largest dataset known to exist on lgbtq activist history — as one such alternative. A contribution to critical data studies, I take a queer feminist approach to the scale of big data by reading for the imbricated scales and situated knowledge of data.

Keywords: big data, small data, lesbian, queer, trans, critical data studies

Suggested Citation

Gieseking, Jen Jack, Size Matters to Lesbians Too: Queer Feminist Interventions into the Scale of Big Data (August 25, 2016). Gieseking, J. 2017. “Size Matters to Lesbians Too: Queer Feminist Interventions into the Scale of Big Data.” Professional Geographer. (Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2829454

Jen Jack Gieseking (Contact Author)

American Studies, Trinity College ( email )

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Hartford, CT 06106
United States

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